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Playing the avoid-blame game

This being once again the month of 9/11, it is increasingly fascinating to watch the gyrations of those seeking to either capitalize on that culture-altering event for political purposes or…

Declare victory by changing the rules

One of the charms of sports is that they keep score. For example, if like me you're a fan of Michigan Wolverines football, no amount of rationalization can hide the…

Running out of options

Here's the upshot of two days of testimony on Capitol Hill by our top military commander and top diplomat in Iraq: We're stuck. The "surge," due to begin winding down…

Curbing a lust for crime memorabilia

Round and chrome, it looks like an average hubcap from a vintage VW Bug. But this one has a history. And it's for sale. It's off the tan 1968 Volkswagen Beetle…

Spearing the Britney

We suppose there was a legitimate reason for putting an overweight, under-prepared Britney Spears on the stage of the stage of the MTV video music awards Sunday night in Las…

Is bin Laden ‘virtually impotent’

President George W. Bush's homeland security adviser said on Sunday al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is "virtually impotent" and can do little more than send videotaped messages. Top White House…

Chinese hackers plan cyber attack

Chinese military hackers have drawn up a plan to disable the United States' battle carrier fleet through a cyber attack, British newspaper The Times said Saturday, citing a Pentagon report. The…

Singing the Blackberry blues

A software glitch shut down e-mail service for some BlackBerry users Friday, and delays were still being felt hours after the problem was fixed. Research in Motion Ltd., the Waterloo, Ontario-based…

Politics and 9/11

Six years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks united Americans in common cause, the anniversary is itself now treated in many quarters as just another opportunity for political bloodletting. This year,…

Still out there and still dangerous

Thanks to German-U.S. intelligence cooperation and heads-up German police work, three Islamic militants were arrested in the last stage of what authorities called a "massive" plot aimed at the…